On this day …….. 26th of October 1985

Uluru, in central Australia, is an inselberg, often referred to as the second largest monolith in the world, second only to Mt Augustus which is also in Australia. Also known as Ayers Rock, it was named after the former Premier of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers by William Gosse, of the South Australian Survey Department, who became the first European explorer to see Ayers Rock. Gosse sighted Ayers Rock on 18 July 1873, recording that, “This rock is certainly the most wonderful natural feature I have ever seen”. The indigenous people of central Australia have known about the feature for many thousands of years. Uluru, which is believed to mean either ‘Great pebble’ or ‘Meeting place’, is sacred to the Aborigines. On 26 October 1985, ownership of Uluru was returned to the local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines. One of the conditions was that the Anangu would lease it back to the National Parks and Wildlife for 99 years and that it would be jointly managed.


ON THIS DAY…… 26th October 1902

Thomson Frost was brought from Camperdown to the Geelong gaol. Frost was arrester at Camperdown on this day in 1902 and charge with committing an unnatural offences. He was remanded to the Geelong gaol for a week.



On Saturday night we were lucky enough to be given free access to the 3 levels of the Botanical Hotel in St Arnaud. This was a private investigation with 4 members of our team and the staff of the hotel later in the night.

We set up our DVR system and a number of audio recorders which we are of course still going through. It was a very interesting night with a number of validations of previous activity including the movement of cutlery and crockery in the dining room on command, lots of activity with the rempod going off constantly in the dining room which is currently being renovated. We swapped out for a different rempod with the same result. It will be interesting what we find on the cameras there. We also had a pulsating orb down in the cellar area. Members of the team were touched and a number of staff members had personal vaildations as well. There was so much more with shadow figures being seen, fans turning on and a number of other experiences which we have not yet been able to debunk.

The team looks forward to returning to the Botanical Hotel in 2018, this time with the public being able to join us!

Stay tuned for more details!

ON THIS DAY – October 25, 1938


Committed for trial at Dunolly on October 25, Thomas William Johnson, aged 40 years, labourer, will appear at the Ballarat Supreme Court to-morrow on a charge of having murdered Robert McCourt Gray and Charles Adam Bunney at Dunolly on or about October 2. Mr. Justice Lowe will preside.



ON THIS DAY – October 25, 1942


Arnold Porter (15) was committed for trial on a charge or murder at Koroit today after the Deputy Coroner had inquired into the death, of John Murphy, of Koroit, on October 25. Murphy’s body was found in a paddock. He had been wounded by pea rifle.



ON THIS DAY – October 25, 1933


On the application of Sergeant de la Rue at the City Court yesterday, Robert Ernest von Geyer painter aged 50 years of Argyle Square Carlton and Albert Lewis; labourer aged 49 years of Peel street North Melbourne who were charged with having murdered Maurice Langley pawnbroker of Elizabeth street city on October 25 were remanded to appear before the City Court on November 17.  Sergeant de la Rue explained to Mr Bond P M that no date had been fixed for the hearing of the inquest.

On this day …….. 25th of October 1616

Over 150 years before English explorer James Cook sighted eastern Australia, the Dutch landed in the far north and on the Western coast. In 1616, Dutch sea-captain Dirk Hartog sailed too far whilst trying out Henderik Brouwer’s recently discovered route from the Cape of Good Hope to Batavia, via the Roaring Forties. Reaching the western coast of Australia, he landed on what is now known as Dirk Hartog Island, at Cape Inscription, on 25 October 1616. Here he left a pewter plate with an inscription recording his landing. The translation of the inscription reads: ‘1616. On 25th October there arrived here the ship Eendraght of Amsterdam. Supercargo Gilles Miebais of Liege; skipper Dirck Hatichs of Amsterdam. On 27th do. she set sail again for Bantam. Subcargo Jan Stins; upper steersman Pieter Doores of Bil. In the year 1616.’ In 1697, Dutch sailor Willem de Vlamingh reached “New Holland”, as it was then called, and removed Hartog’s pewter plate, replacing it with another plate. The original was returned to Holland where it still is kept in the Rijksmuseum. The original inscription was copied onto a new plate, and Vlamingh added new information which listed the sailors on his own voyage and read: ‘Our fleet set sail from here to continue exploring the Southern Land, on the way to Batavia.’


ON THIS DAY…… 25th October 1871

The Ballarat Courier learned on this day in 1871, that some important evidence has been secured in Ballarat with regard to the charge of murder on which a man named
Geary is now incarcerated in the Geelong Gaol. The evidence will be given by a cabman named Wilson, and his wife, both of whom were served with the necessary
subpoenas to attend at Geelong.


ON THIS DAY…… 24th October 1902

A Chinese in the Geelong Gaol, named Ah Lee Goon, who was transferred some time, ago from the Melbourne Gaol on account of mental weakness, has developed into a violent lunatic. On this day in 1902, two magistrates attended at the local gaol and committed the Celestial to a lunatic asylum.


On this day …….. 24th of October 1867

On this day in 1867, Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum opened in Beechworth, North East Victoria. The first patients were transferred from the Beechworth Gaol under the control of Superintendent Dr Dick. The Beechworth asylum was one of three large Lunatic Asylums built in Victoria.


ON THIS DAY – October 24, 1944


Intercepting a seven-year-old girl on her way home from school on October 24, Ronald Morgan, 24, of Moonee Ponds, processor, took her into the lounge of his house and there attacked her with the jagged end of an exploded mortar bomb, the Crown Prosecutor (Mr. Sproule. K.C.) suggested in the Criminal Court today. Later, Morgan carried the child into a lane, where he committed a serious offence, claimed Mr. Sproule. Morgan pleaded not guilty to the murder of Janice Marie Baul, of Moonee Ponds. who died in the Children’s Hospital on October 26 from injuries which, the Crown alleged, had been inflicted by Morgan. Mr. Sproule said Morgan had made a statement to Senior Detective Donnelly, in which he said he was sitting on the steps outside his home reading, when he became dizzy in the sun, and put the paper down. The next thing he knew was that he had the little girl in the lounge room.



ON THIS DAY – October 24, 1934

Mrs Ena McKenzie, 38, who allegedly who drowned her three children in the sea at Cowes on October 24. was to-day acquitted by the Criminal Court of a charge of murder on the grounds of insanity. Evidence was given that Mrs McKenzie had a distressing line of hardship, until her health broke down.